Saturday, October 27, 2012

What are you doing here?

What are you doing here?  I would hope that you are here to read this awesome blog post.  No, seriously, what are you doing here?  I was asked a similar question recently asking what did I give up to be here.  The question puzzled me for awhile.  What did I give up to be where I was?  My first thoughts were  a significant pay cut and a flexible schedule with many breaks.  Then my thoughts went to why was I there.  I really didn't know why I was there.  On the surface, I was to teach children about Jesus.  Below the surface, I was there to learn some very difficult life lessons.

In church the next Sunday, I learned Elijah, the prophet of God, was asked the same question.  God asked him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"  Elijah's reponse was of despair and lonliness.  I could totally relate.  I was drained physically, emotionally, and mentally.  God showed his power and came to Elijah in a still small voice and repeated the question.  Elijah's answer remained the same.  God moved on with further instructions said, "By the way, 7,000 people have not bowed the knee to Baal, so you are not alone, just sayin'" (paraphrased). 

I pondered this question and my answer.  I was there to learn some valueable lessons about myself.  I am not alone, I don't have to do everything myself.  When I am in control, nothing goes well for very long.  When I allow God to have control, there is this unexplicable peace and joy to life even in the midst of the unknown.

At this very moment in life, God has called me to know Him more and make Him known.  I am patiently waiting for my next harvest.  What am I doing here?  I am getting to know God and telling everyone I can about Him.  I am trusting God and taking one step at a time.  What are you doing here?  Whatever your answer, remember you are not alone. God is with you if you have believed on Jesus.

If you have not believed on Jesus, you can.  It is a free gift.  You must first admit that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23).  Everyone has sinned-thought, said, or done something that breaks God's laws.  Next, you must believe that Jesus died to pay for your sin.  Sin requires payment.  Death and  separation from God is the required payment for sin (Romans 6:23).  Jesus died a horrific death on a criminal's cross for you and me.  You must believe on Jesus Christ, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).  Then you choose to make Jesus the Boss of your life.  It is a free gift and you can't earn it Ephesians 2:8, 9 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast."  It's FREE!  That will be the best decision you will ever make in life.  Whatever you are doing here, I hope and pray that you know God or will get to know Him.  If you have any questions, feel free to message me.

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